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Suit against Rutherford names Romney campaign

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Associated Press

An amended lawsuit from a former employee of Illinois' treasurer now names Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign as a defendant.

But Thursday's filing in federal court in Chicago doesn't include any specific allegations of wrongdoing by Romney's failed campaign.

The suit focuses on Treasurer Dan Rutherford. It accuses him of pressuring workers to do political work for his and Romney's campaigns.

The amended complaint also repeats allegations in the original suit. Those include allegations by former employee Edmund Michalowski that Rutherford sexually harassed him.

Rutherford has adamantly denied those allegations. The original suit came in the midst of Rutherford's failed bid for the Republican nomination for governor.

Rutherford attorney Daniel Fahner declined to comment. The docket doesn't include lawyers for the former Romney campaign.

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